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SEPTMEBER 10, 2013, SPRINGFIELD, – WSEC/PBS Springfield today announced they will launch PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND, an addition to PBS' influential and trusted lineup of news and public affairs shows and an extension of one of America’s most iconic news broadcasts. The half-hour program premieres Sunday September 22, at 6:30pm on WSEC/PBS Springfield and will air every Saturday and Sunday at 6:30pm. PBS NEWSHOUR correspondent Hari Sreenivasan will anchor PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND every Saturday and Sunday from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center.

Like the weekday edition of THE PBS NEWSHOUR, PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND will feature a summary of the day’s national and international news, using renowned experts to offer analysis. Each weekend broadcast will contain original, in-depth field reporting on topics including education, healthcare, the economy, energy, science and technology, religion, finance and the arts.

While staying true to the traditions of PBS NEWSHOUR, PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND will employ a team of multimedia producers who will efficiently utilize the latest broadcast technology. Social media will be fully integrated into PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND, allowing for a dynamic conversation with viewers.

The addition of this New York-based team will contribute to NEWSHOUR’s weekday on-air reporting, with Hari Sreenivasan regularly providing reports for the weekday PBS NEWSHOUR newscast. Online, the New York team will publish and update the PBS NEWSHOUR’s mobile, social media and digital platforms, extending coverage to seven days a week. With this expanded schedule, the PBS NEWSHOUR site will feature even more news, expert commentary and enterprise reporting on topics including politics, science, the arts, health and international news.

“I am delighted about the expansion of the NEWSHOUR to the weekend,” said Dr. Jerold Gruebel, President and CEO of WSEC/PBS Springfield. “We are so fortunate to be a part of the next chapter of the NEWSHOUR, bringing this trusted brand to audiences on air and online on the weekends.”

WSEC/PBS Springfield, WQEC/PBS Quincy and WMEC/PBS Macomb are all part of Network Knowledge, which provides quality public television and educational services through a network of viewer-supporters, volunteers, universities, hospitals and business partners in communities throughout central and western Illinois.

Station-produced programs are also available on its YouTube channel Network Knowledge is public media for western and central Illinois.

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